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Merkel declares EU asylum rules 'obsolete' as navies tackle smugglers
By Marine LAOUCHEZ
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 7, 2015


German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday Europe needs to rewrite its "obsolete" asylum rules to tackle the migrant crisis as European warships went into action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.

Merkel made the call in a speech with French President Francois Hollande to the European Parliament -- the first such joint address since the fall of the Berlin Wall -- in which they urged the increasingly divided EU to unite to tackle a wave of problems including migration and the war in Syria.

"Let's be frank. The Dublin process, in its current form, is obsolete," Merkel said.

The process, which forces frontline states like Italy and Greece to process and welcome most migrants, "started from good intentions... but the challenges raised at our borders are from now on untenable," Merkel said.

"I appeal for a new procedure" to redistribute asylum seekers "fairly" throughout the 28-nation bloc, the chancellor said.

Merkel added: "It is exactly now that we need more Europe. We need courage and cohesion, which Europe has always shown when it was necessary."

Germany is Europe's top destination for people fleeing war and misery in the continent's greatest migrant influx since World War II. Its richest economy expects between 800,000 and one million newcomers this year alone.

German authorities said Wednesday they had registered around 577,000 asylum seekers in the first nine months of the year, a third of whom claim to be Syrian.

- 'More Europe not less' -

Hollande warned of the risk of returning to national frontiers, the dismantling of common policies and the abandoning of the euro.

"We need not less Europe but more Europe. Europe must affirm itself otherwise we will see the end of Europe, our demise," Hollande told lawmakers.

The French leader meanwhile admitted that the EU had reacted too slowly to the turmoil on its borders since the Arab Spring in 2011, which had produced the huge wave of refugees seeking a better life in Europe.

"I acknowledge that Europe was slow in understanding that tragedy in the Middle East or Africa could not but have consequences for Europe itself," he said.

Hollande also gave a dire warning of a regional conflagration in the Middle East that could affect Europe if the world fails to stop the slaughter in Syria, where an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 has spiralled into all-out civil war.

"What happens in Syria concerns Europe, what happens there will determine the balance of the whole region for a long time," Hollande said. "If we leave these religious clashes between Sunnis and Shiites, they will grow. Don't think we will be sheltered, this will be a total war."

The last time the leaders of France and Germany stood together in the parliament was 26 years ago when Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl gave a similar speech just weeks after the Berlin Wall fell.

- Aircraft carrier -

Meanwhile the EU formally launched "Operation Sophia" which gives European naval vessels in international waters off Libya the power to stop, board, seize and destroy people traffickers' boats.

Around 3,000 people have died making the perilous crossing over the Mediterranean to Europe this year.

The first phase of the operation, which involved monitoring trafficker networks and rescuing refugees from rickety boats, has been running since June.

"Assets will conduct boarding, search, seizure and diversion, on the high seas, of vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling or trafficking," the EU mission said in a statement.

An Italian aircraft carrier, a French frigate and one British, one Spanish and two German ships are all involved in the mission, which follows in the footsteps of EU anti-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa.

"We follow the traffickers and want to arrest them and seize their ships," Captain Stefan Klatt, who commands the Werra, one of the German ships that is taking part in the operation, told AFP.

The EU gave the go-ahead for the operation in September, but its ships are not, for now, allowed to pursue traffickers into Libyan waters.

At least three other vessels supplied by the Belgian, British and Slovenian navies are expected to arrive in the area at the end of October to complete the force, which also include four aircraft and 1,318 personnel.


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